Lord Bannside

Former DUP Peer


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Former DUP Peer, Former DUP MLA for North Antrim

Entered the House of Lords on 5 July 2010

Previously MP for North Antrim until 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election

Left the House of Lords on 12 September 2014 — Died

Entered the House of Commons on 18 June 1970 — General election

Entered the Assembly on 25 June 1998 — General election

Left the Assembly on 24 March 2011 — Dissolved for election

Also represented North Antrim

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Topics of interest

  • Northern Ireland
  • Defence
  • Constitutional Affairs
  • Terrorist Attacks
  • Northern Ireland Police Fund
  • Smoking
  • Decommissioning
  • Bioscience and Technology Institute

Other offices held in the past

  • First Minister of Northern Ireland ( 8 May 2007 to 5 Jun 2008)
  • Member, Agriculture Committee ( 9 Jun 1983 to 17 Dec 1985)
  • Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (30 Sep 1971 to 31 May 2008)

Recent appearances

  • Mull of Kintyre Review — Statement 13 Jul 2011

    My Lords, as the representative for North Antrim in another place at the time of this happening, this is a sad day. Yet it has some gladness about it, because the record of the two men concerned is now clear. That is a great relief to the families and to those of us who have followed this carefully. I, as the MP for that area, followed it very carefully and in fact raised it in another place....
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Speaker’s Business: End of Mandate 23 Mar 2011

    It seems that some of us are finishing our course. It is 41 years since I walked in here as an elected Member for my constituency in Antrim. Now, I feel as if I look only 41, but that is not so, for the facts are against us. We are all moving away from youth to middle age. When we look at one another, we see that we have spread a bit in our middle age and are weakening in our old age....
  • Tunisia — Statement 17 Jan 2011

    My Lords, I am sure that we are glad of the Statement that we heard from the Minister tonight. However, I will stress one matter. Why did this come as a terrible surprise to the people in this area? Were the Government not aware that the matter was underneath the surface? We welcome the European part of the question. That must be worked on, because we need strong resistance to what has taken...

More of Lord Bannside’s recent appearances

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